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AFLUENTE AREA

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Area (Acres):24,000
Altitude (m):2300
# Species*:164
# Excl Vagrants*:164
# Endemics*:3
# Near Endemics*:8
Species/100 Acres*:0.7
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Cloud Forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Afluente is a village on the main road between La Florida and Tarapoto. The birding is actually along the road 2-11km above the village at KM389-380, particularly at a roadside shop next to the vulcanizadora (tire shop) at KM389. The habitat is subtropical forest and forest edge. Notable birds of special interest include the near-endemic Equatorial Graytail and Ecuadorian Tyrannulet as well as the endemic and often hard-to find Black-bellied Tanager and the striking Vermilion Tanager. Mixed species tanager flocks often appear in the area at this elevation. Interestingly, the composition of the flocks can be quite different than at Aguas Verdes, a scant 7km farther downslope. Other notable birds possible but only occasionally seen include Lanceolated Monklet, Speckle-chested Piculet, Chestnut-crested Cotinga (very rare), Amazonian Umbrellabird, Wing-barred Piprites, and White-eared Solitaire.

LOCATION OF SITE

Afluente is a village located about 217km from Tarapoto on the main forad to Abra Patricia pass. It's just 7km beyond Aguas Verdes but the composition of mixed species flocks changes substantially in just this short distance.